New courses to help those with dementia

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Free Alzheimer’s Society courses to help people caring for someone with dementia are coming to Boston in the new year.

The carers information and support programme offers the chance to learn more about the condition and how it affects people.

The four weekly sessions – which start on March 3 – aim to help carers understand more about the symptoms of dementia, legal and money matters, providing care and coping day to day.

Nasim Minhas, Alzheimer’s Society services manager for Lincolnshire ,said: ”Relatives of people with dementia often say that it can be really frustrating when someone doesn’t want to change their clothes, have a shower or sleep at night, especially if the person doesn’t accept that there is anything wrong with them.

“Understanding how the person is trying to make sense of the world, and how they feel about the losses they are experiencing, can help relatives to be more patient and cope better.

“This, in turn, helps the person with dementia to be more content.

“The courses will also help people to better understand the changes that occur as dementia progresses and there will be the opportunity for carers to discuss the difficulties they face and what tactics work for them.”

The next set of four courses will run in the afternoon at Age UK in Lincoln and at Len Medlock Centre in Boston. There are thought to be about 11,000 people with dementia in Lincolnshire.

l For more details or to book a place, call 01522 692681 or email Lincoln@alzheimers.org.uk.